Monday, August 31, 2009

The Rundown - August 31, 2009

Welcome to The Rundown, in which a catch-all smattering of all things movie, TV, and geekjuice-related will be spat out, analyzed, overanalyzed, and then posted. Enjoy.

We start out this maiden voyage of The Rundown with the absolutely staggering news of Disney buying out Marvel Comics for the purple-pants-busting amount of 4 BILLION dollars. That's right, nerds - billion. With a B. If you own Marvel stock, this is the time to sell it and finally pick up that Wolverine mask you've been drooling over for so long. Marvel shareholders will receive $30 per share in cash, plus 0.745 Disney shares for every Marvel share they own. Bonus!

Furthermore, as evidenced by that raving lunatic Devin Faraci on, there really is a lot to look forward to as a result of this merger. Feel free to read all that at your leisure, but the piece of it that makes me geeksnort the loudest is thus - "Marvel and Pixar? John Lasseter and Marvel honchos recently met and got so excited the suits had to tell them to calm down, the deal wasn't done yet. There is DEFINITELY Marvel/Pixar stuff brewing right now." Um, what?! Given that the great Brad Bird has already gifted us the greatest Fantastic Four movie never made in the form of 'The Incredibles', I can't even imagine what the Marvel guys and super-geek John Lassiter have cooking up behind the scenes. Suck it, Tim Story! From the two crapfests that guy has already left steaming on our collective bathroom tile, I imagine he's got plenty of experience in that area.

Moving on (kinda), has anyone been lucky enough to catch the new 'Fantasmic!' show at Disneyland yet? If not, check out the bad-ass dragon that has been unleashed upon it recently. Cool, right? Of course it is.

Variety sucks, but hey! Sly's making another Rambo film. Um, okay. If it will get the intolerable d-bags on the AICN talkbacks to quit fondling themselves to 'The Expendables', count me in.

'Batman: Arkham Asylum' for Xbox 360 and PS3 has been out for a few days now, but as of post time, I've only played the downloadable demo. Curse you, stagnant economy! If you haven't checked out the demo or even watched the trailer, what are you waiting for? That shit is sick. Written by Kevin Conroy, the Joker's voice supplied by Mark 'Best. Joker. Ever' Hamill... come on. It's not like the game hasn't already been bestowed the rather dubious-sounding Guiness World Record for 'Most Critically Acclaimed Superhero Game Ever', right?

To close out this edition of 'The Rundown', not only am I going to leave you with some music, but also with a fond wish to all of you to enjoy your upcoming 9/9/09. Yeah, Labor Day's first, but who gives a shit? You can drink too much and get sick of your relatives anytime. The once-in-a-lifetime date of September 9, 2009 is gonna bring us all KINDS of cool shit. Check it out.

The Tim Burton-produced animated creepfest '9' -

The official 40th birthday of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion -

The release of the super-mega-boxset of every Beatles song EVER, completely remastered -

Beatles Rock Band! Holy crap -

And finally, um... what was it? Oh yeah! That music I promised. I'm not an old fart, and I like a lot of modern music, too, but you know what? They just don't make 'em like this anymore. Enjoy, and I'll see you next time. Shemp out.

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